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Natural Cures for Skin Tags

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Bloodroot   4  0   

Posted by Gina (Lakewood, CO) on 10/12/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I make a bloodroot salve that is great on skin tags if you catch them when they first pop up. As far as getting rid of older ones, I'm not so sure. It may work, but the friend who is trying it has been at it awhile with no noticable difference.

Posted by Rose Marie (Cottonwood, AZ) on 08/09/2007

[YEA]  I use bloodroot paste on moles and skin tags. As everyone says, it does cause moderate pain and redness. I apply it for 3 days with a bandaid over it and then I apply neosporn or bag balm for 3 days with a bandaid and the mole or tag falls off by itself at the root level. The area then heals and within a few weeks there is no sign of damage.

Castor Oil and Baking Soda Paste   2  0   

Posted by John (Anderson, SC USA) on 01/15/2009

[YEA]  Remove skin tags, moles, etc: A Cayce Remedy that worked for me was mixing castor oil and baking soda into a paste and apply cover with a bandaid is necessary refresh it till it disappears.Worked every time. John

Replied by Windndown
Kitty Ville, Ca
[YEA]   Oh baking soda, and my beloved castor oil!! I swear by both of them, did you know castro oil cured my pink eye? I caught it early and saw online add a drop twice a day, it stopped the itch and pain with one drop!!! So anyway I did add one drop to both eyes and it was GONE in one day but I did it again for one more day. I went to the Doctors for a diff reason and told him to check my eyes, I said I used a home remedy of castor oil to cure it, she just raised his eye brows and shook his head yes, and when he looked in my eye, he says he sees NO INFECTION.. When you pull my eye lid down you see a tiny bit of yellow dr says that will rinse out on its own, could be from the oil.. Im so happy with that home cure I could have suffered big time, it was awful for me the first day but urgent care was closed. C. Oil rocks!

Baking soda.. That stuff cures my gout for the past 4 years or more.. I did it one day I was desperate for help on a foot pain and read online it could be gout, so I looked up gout home cures and back then it was SOOO HARD TO FIND there were books saying buy me and learn how to cure your gout from home with simple items you have in your home already.. But I kept digging and found one site ONLY ONE, today there are hundreds.. Told me the steps I followed them and with in less than a day it was all gone, I have since tested it over and over and its never failed me!!!!

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
For some reason my eyes have been getting very dry. It all started after the plane trees near our house shed a lot of cotton wool like stuff last year. My husband has problems too. As I wear contact lenses I got very worried and reading about Castor oil for dry eyes on this site I decided to try. The only thing it did was to make my eyes swollen. As we were leaving on a trip I went to the Eye Hospital and the doctor told me that the tear ducts were blocked. The liquid tears were still coming out but no fat. Now I have to put warm black tea bags on my eyes twice a day and then squeeze them a bit all around for the fat to come out. They are better now but still try. I have read about the Manuka Honey but I have to confess that I am afraid to try. By the way, the Castor Oil I used comes from a health food store and as it has a pump is not really in contact with the air. I only put a little bit on the riem of the eye twice a day for a few days.

Dry Ice   1  0   

Posted by Scott (East Texas, Texas) on 02/09/2009

[YEA]  Skin Tags -- Dry Ice! It is so simple, yet you must be careful with it. I discovered the use of Dry Ice when I was searching for the cause and cure for "little blood blisters" on my scrotum. I found someone who said that breaking dry ice into slivers and putting the end of a sliver directly on a blood blister and then counting..."one thousand one, one thousand two...all the way to one thousand five" gave the time to "fix" it. About five days later, the blood blister had dried up, and finally fell off. The skin underneath was lighter in color after the scab fell off. But, the final result was phenominal. I was embarised, not any more. Anyhow, After my success with blood blisters on my scrotum, I decided to try dry ice on my wifes skin tags under her arms. They were ugly, some were large. I put the points of dry ice directly on the skin tags and pressed down firmly for about 5 seconds. After about 8 to 10 days, they dried up and fell off. You will have slight scarring which lightens up over the course of several months, but the skin tags have not came back.


You can get dry ice at your local grocer. for less than a dollar, you will have enought to "freeze" your tags and blisters, and play with the rest. I havn't tried this on moles, but it may work as well there. Try this on one or two areas not seen outside of your clothing, and see how it works out for you. God Bless!

Replied by Dennis
Rio De Janeiro

Thanks for posting on the dry ice. I have thought of doing that also for some tags.

And wondering how to be safe doing it, I came up with the idea to use some tweezers to hold the tag firmly, and then apply the dry ice to the tweezers close to the tag. And of course wearing the gloves.

I just found this site today, and I am amazed with the amount of information you have here.

Great work Guys and Gals!

Essiac Tea   0  0   

Posted by Jane (Campbell, Ca) on 10/18/2010

Essiac Tea removes skin tags. I was drinking 2 ounces of brewed Essiac tea twice a day for 3 months and noticed that all the skin tags on my neck had just disappeared. I was taking Essiac tea just to boost my immune system. I had skin tags on my neck for about 5 years and was amazed that they just disappeared. Essiac tea is available on the internet in tea form, as tea bags, and in bulk (3 pound) herbs. When you buy in bulk the price is significantly less.

Garlic   1  0   

Posted by Suzanne (Montreal, Canada) on 05/03/2013

[YEA]  Another home remedy for warts or skin tags is Garlic! A girlfriend of mine told me about the garlic a long time ago for warts. My daughter at that time had a really bad wort on the bottom of her foot. I tried the most popular wart removal agent fromthe pharmacy on it and they still didnt remove wart. I then tried the Garlic. Take a fresh slice of garlic preferably from the middle of the clove. Apply directly onto wart then cover the garlic slice that is on top of wart with bandaide. Making sure no area of wart or garlic is exposed. So put a second bandaide on top in opposite direction of first bandaide to make sure garlic doesnt fall off. Do this at night and leave on overnight. Wart should be gone by next day, if not repeat the following night. Guarentee it will be gone. The same can be done for skin tags! You will notice that it has shrunk in size by the next day. You most lijely need to repeat again until completely gone, depending on size of the skin tag. Hopes this helps others. This has been the most effective and cost efficient and least painful of all options.

Hydrogen Peroxide   3  0   

Posted by Pd (Oregon, US) on 08/13/2014

[YEA]  I am 62 and a skin tag / mole popped up on my right shoulder out of the blue --- so I had my husband ruff it up with a emery board -- just slightly and then put a drop of hydrogen peroxide on it and within doing this for a week --- IT IS GONE ---- easy and no surgery --

Posted by Deb (Plymouth, Indiana) on 03/08/2009

I have a pyogenic granuloma and was told 35% peroxide would remove it and that it would also would work on removing skin tags.I cannot deal with anything being surgically removed unless i am completely under anesthesia. will this work?

My physician wants to remove it but says it is not in her realm of expertise. I am not comfortable in having her do this procedure. I want to try other things before having it removed. If she were able to do it that would be different but when she told me she would like to do it but its not in her field or expertise then i dont think she should do it.

Replied by Maria
Silver Spring, Usa
[YEA]   Hydrogen Peroxide and nail polish for skin tag: My husband had an ugly skin tag close to his eye. He used hydrogen peroxide for about two weeks and it started to dry out. Then he got very impatient and wanted to have it surgically removed. I told him to continue with the Peroxide, which he did for another week.

Then he said it was not drying fast enough. So I advised him to use nail polish. He painted the tag with it, going under it also. In five days the tag fell. He was so happy, and marveled about how the peroxide and polish had worked and there was no scar or mark whatsoever. He is telling all his high flying friends what happened.

Replied by Beentheredonethat
Sudbury, Ontario Canada
I have read your posts. The thing that is removing the tag is the bandaid itself. I know.. Sounds crazy but, I read online that when you cover a skin tag it dies. I tried this on my husband's skin tags (and they were large (6mm)). We just changed the bandaid daily. Within the first 48hrs, the tag became grey. Then slowly, it started to deteriorate and 'deflate' so to speak. It would leave a little blood on the bandaid each day more and more until finally one day it was hanging on by a little thread. We put an ice cube on the remaining piece and then snipped it off. Whithin 2 days you couldn't see anything anymore.

The second time we didn't even need to snip it... It stuck to the bandaid. So save yourself the trouble and burning. Don't put anything except maybe a tiny amount of antibiotic cream to keep from infection during the process. But trust me... No burning iodine etc needed!

Replied by Wisdom Ace
Port Huron, Michigan
I had a skin tag removed from my eyelid. It was in between eyelashes. After the Dr. removed it with lazer, he sent it away to be tested and it came back as basal cell carcinoma and they did the surgery again to remove more tissue to get back to non-cancerous normal tissue. As a result, I have no eyelashes in that area. So approximately 1/8 inch of my eyelid is bald now but no return of the skin tag. the skin tag was approximately 1/8 in inch long before it was removed. Very small.

Posted by Glenn (Rohnert Park,CA) on 03/31/2007

[YEA]  A nevus is little black pigmented spot on the skin, sometimes called a beauty spot. Mine was flat, about 6-7 mm in diameter and near my neck and slightly elevated. It's been there for probably 20 years.

I dipped a q-tip in 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide and applied it to the nevus only for a few seconds and then mopped the excess with the dry end of the q-tip. It burned a little, especially on later applications. I applied liquid vitamin A a few minutes afterwards to decrease the burning and promote healing. I did 3-4 applications over a period of a week. It fell off completely after a week and has not returned. My wife was very impressed. I'm not recommended this approach, but simply reporting my personal experiment. I've been experimenting with Bill Munro's inhaling approach for a little over a week. It appears to be working well. My energy has just about doubled and I'm breathing much better at night.

Iodine   18  4   

Posted by Es (New York) on 01/03/2013

[YEA]  I recently noticed a small skin tag on my chest. I'd never had one before. I came right to earthclinic, read about Lugol's and ordered a bottle online for a couple of bucks. I applied it for about 3 days, about 2x a day, I just painted it on with a q-tip. It actually worked, within a few days the thing was gone. It did dry some of the surrounding skin from the breast which flaked off, so perhaps I overdid it a bit. I attempted to put some oil & or vaseline around it as someone here suggested, to prevent the staining etc from the surrounding area, but that didn't work. The skin did come off the area but it wasn't a wound, just a bit raw and sensitive, but it's healing just fine, with a bit of jojoba oil to moisturize and heal the skin. Anyway, the thing may have grown and so I'm really glad this worked, at least I know if I ever get another one (which I hopefully don't) I will know exactly what to do. Thank you for the wonderful solution earthclinic! You rock!!!

Posted by Annette (Branford, Ct) on 10/19/2012

Years ago I used tincture of iodine to remove skin tags.

Posted by Valkyrie (London, Uk) on 09/17/2012

I'm fascinated by the results people are having using iodine to remove skintags, and would like to try this myself. My question is, what strength Lugol's iodine is used for best and safest result? It seems to range from 3% up to 12% and I can imagine it would make a huge difference in result? Grateful for your reply!

Posted by Nim (Toronto, Canada) on 12/19/2010

I love this site!! Lugol's Iodine: How different is it to other iodine solutions? I have skin tags on my very itchy eye lids and also near the eyelashes. For past couple of weeks I applied Castor oil & warm compress but the tags are still there. I read Lugol's Iodine works but it is safe to use on eyelids? Also, when applied to weak, brittle nails, do they become strong? Does anyone know where I can buy it in Toronto?

Granulated Lecithin: I was going to take the granules to dissolve lipomas but I read thyroid persons should not take soy based products - is this true? is there an alternative?
Thank you

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Nim - I, too, am hypothyroid so I stay far away from soy products. For lecithin, I eat eggs. According to the Egg Farmers of Canada, one large egg contains 1.5 grams of lecithin. Perhaps you can eat eggs instead of taking over-processed lecithin granules. Good luck!
Replied by Nim
Torotno, Ont, Canada
Hi Bess,
Thank you for your reply. I am allergic to eggs :( - any other suggestions are welcome :)

Posted by Karmala (Templeton, Ca) on 08/20/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Just wanted to pass along my experience with tincture of iodine. I purchased some locally to use on skin tags as I had read it is instrumental in safely removing them. I put some on a bandaid and then applied the bandaid to a skin tag on my neck. Within a few minutes, it really started burning. When I removed the bandaid, I had what appeared to be a chemical burn in the shape of the cotton section of the bandaid. I don't know if I used too much, or am just very sensitive to iodine, but wanted to share my experience so people might be cautious.

Replied by Ed157
Los Angeles, Ca, Us
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Yep, I burnt the top layer of skin off of my face. Be careful. I now have a large rectangular wound on my face the size and shape of the bandage part of the band aid, I guess the skin around the eyes is thin, I hope it doesn't leave a scar. I would not advise doing the soaked bandaid with iodine tip on the face.
Replied by Wke
Mountain City, Tn/usa
[YEA]   Apply topical iodine directly to the skin tag; do not use a bandage. Yes, often it burns, but the skin tag disappears in 48 hours.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Do you mean the iodine we ingest or the one we put on cuts? We have two kinds! I tried the Essential Oil of Oregano on a small one and it melted away very fast, now there is a little red mark, I will wait and see whether it also disappears. I will try the iodine in a little one on my neck which is not disappearing so fast as soon as you tell me what kind of iodine you used!
Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Francisca, I used the regular Iodine that you use externally for skin tags. If I remember right it took less than a week. Works wonders. Lily.

Posted by Meg (Newcastle, Australia) on 08/11/2010

[YEA]  I've used Lugol's on a neck skin tag - it's gone entirely in 4 applications. I'd recommend to anyone who has a tag too large for clipping. Thanks so much Earth Clinic and everyone!

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa
I used World Organic's potassium iodide on the skin tags on my neck, particularly on the largest two. The smallest of the two shriveled up and turned black and is about to fall off, the other one is tender to the touch. I'm going to see if a couple more applications will get it to shrivel. It's taken about 5 days of 2 apps per day for the smallest one to shrivel up. It's a relief! And I didn't need to go to a derm doc--even better!

I'm dabbing it directly with a swab, taking care not to touch the surrounding skin. The p. Iodide is clear ("white"), so I'm hoping it won't leave any stains. Since it looks like people are having quicker success with the Lugol's, I'll give it a try.

Too risky, too visible to try it on my face.

Thank you much!

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